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Room 218 (Bamburi Beach Hotel)

If Goliath had chosen to vacation at Bamburi Beach Hotel, he would need two hundred and fifty mini soaps they offer to lather his right leg. He would need another 250 for his left one. But the mini soaps notwithstanding, Bamburi Beach Hotel is a beautiful place. It spreads its arms and embraces you when you visit, and you can feel the warmth of its soul from everything and everyone around.

The reception’s roof is made of makuti and the whole area is littered with comfy couches and coffee tables so you can sit in luxury, sipping a glass of juice, as you wait for either your room to be ready or for your taxi to pick you up. The receptionists are all smiling, eager to be helpful.

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The Girl and The Snakes

Until a few days ago, the National Museum of Kenya was nothing but a landmark to me. I did not really think it was a place I needed to visit until I mentioned my fear of snakes to a friend and she said, “You know to conquer your fear you have to face your fear, right?” and I said, “Right,” and she said, “Well, we are visiting the Snake Park at the National Museum,” and I said, “Uhm, I am pretty sure the Bible was very clear on the kind of relationship we should have with snakes. We stay out of their way and they stay out of our way.”

But she was persuasive, so I said, “Let’s pick a date,” and we chose the coming weekend, which was around four days away.

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The Peace Memorial Museum

Among the 218 people that lost their lives during the August 7th, 1998 bombing of the US Embassy in Nairobi were seven women all named Margaret. These are women that probably did not know of each other and did not know they were going to suffer the same fate, but they did, and now their names occupy the top row on one of the boards listing all the victims that succumbed, and when you read their names the rhyme is not lost on you, almost as if these innocent women never want you to forget their names, and I promise you, you won’t.

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How Will You Spend Your Christmas?

For a long time now Christmas has been flying under the radar. Little excitement, few lit Christmas trees, boring Christmas songs and, worse, chapati made with carrots. You know it’s an end of an era when chapati, the king and queen of the Christmas menu, is disrespected like that. But you know what? Other than COVID bringing the world to its knees, I have a feeling it has also awakened the Christmas spirit in us and this year’s Christmas is going to be celebrated the way Christmas is supposed to be celebrated. So, just in case you need ideas, here are some.

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